In this ground-breaking book, Michael Clemmens offers a new model of treatment for long-term recovery which goes beyond the traditional "disease" paradigm. Working from the belief that a fuller life for the recovering addict is grounded on a foundation of abstinence, the author explores a "self-modulation" approach which leads to a change in the behavior from within the individual while developing and expanding connection with others.
"Getting Beyond Sobriety is a brilliant integration of addictive counseling and psychotherapy from a person who has obviously walked the walk. Thoughtful, challenging, and helpful. This reading is a must for the psychotherapist specializing in addiction."
- Terence T. Gorski, President, The CENAPS Corporation
"Getting Beyond Sobriety makes a significant contribution to the field. It is enormously helpful in understanding the living, long-term process of recovery. The text is rich with clinical examples, which run the famut from hard-core addicts to early-phase users, from inpatient treatment settings to outpatient solo practice, and will be useful for clinicians who deal with clients in any setting."
- James Kepner, Ph.D., author, Body Process and Healing Tasks
Preface. Addiction and Gestalt Therapy. The Process of Addiction: The Roots of Recovery. The Challenge of Recovering Addicts as Clients. The Developmental Stages and Tasks of Recovery. Five Case Studies in Recovery. Long-Term Recovery: The Expanding Horizon. Relapse. Individual Differences. Working with the Body. Further Applications of the Self-Modulation Model.